Associate Professor Clare Murphy | “A scientist in the field: Stories from the high Arctic to the depths of the Barmah forest”

Clare Murphy began her career in 1990 in the Radioactivity Group at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London. Four years later, she transferred to the Environmental Standards Group at NPL, where they needed researchers to investigate the processes that contribute to stratospheric ozone depletion and she undertook solar remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases and developing standards for air quality measurements in Europe, and for industrial process control.

In her talk Clare will tell tales from her adventures as a scientist undertaking work in remote environments. Amongst the field campaigns she will discuss working in the frozen north in the 1990s (when the European union sought to understand if there was also an ozone hole over the Arctic); studying emissions from forest and peat fires and measuring greenhouse gases from a Murray river houseboat in the middle of a flooded Barmah forest. She will also share some reflections on how scientific fieldwork impacts on other aspects of life.